Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

MORIBITO 2 Receives Batchelder Honors!!

Moribito 2
On January 18, American Library Association announced this year’s literary award winners, and Moribito 2: Guardian of the Darkness (written by Nahoko Uehashi, translated by Cathy Hirano, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine) received Mildred L. Batchelder Honors. I have illustrated both of the Moribito books (both covers and interiors) and had so much fun on the project. I was amazed by how deep and meaningful the book was, so it is a fantastic news.If you have not read it yet, this book is not just for young readers. I highly recommend it. Below is a part of wrap around cover illustration.